Good alone, but even better together? Such is the love story of the union between two preeminent sartorial labels, often yielding capsule collections that are both fresh and innovative. While some brand collaborations may seem to be unlikely couplings between diverse design houses, the resulting offspring prove nothing short of genius.
This season has brought a new blast of fashion marriages that are certainly destined for happily-ever-after status — and a place in your wardrobe. We predict you’ll want to say “I do” to this set of signature collaborations.
1. Uniqlo and Lemaire
Sometimes more elegance can be found in the effortless ease of a well-designed T-shirt than a tuxedo with all the trimmings. Indeed, such is the case with the “simple made better” concept that forms the lifeblood of the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection that combines refinement with modern relaxation. The collaboration between the Japanese retailer and the French apparel brand elevates the everyday wardrobe — “Uniqlo’s LifeWear” — to a new level with Lemaire’s flair for casual Parisian sophistication. Attentive details, carefully selected materials, and uncompromising quality are hallmarks of the collection, as is the accessible price point.
The color palette of neutrals plus green, navy, and red never grows old nor do essential, streetwear pieces such as a felted wool tweed jacket, shawl-collar sweaters, and cashmere trousers. Lemaire’s designer Christophe Lemaire and partner Sarah-Linh Tran wanted to create “simple, beautiful, and comfortable” clothing for the Uniqlo and Lemaire collection. “Each item incorporates several ideas, and a single piece shows a different facet depending on how it is worn,” they said. We say that stripping down to the basics never looked so good.
2. Moncler A: Moncler x AMI
A meeting of international minds, the Moncler A collaboration fuses the French-Italian brand Moncler, known for its high-end, functional performance wear, with the creative whim of minimalist Parisian designer Alexandre Mattiussi of AMI. The resulting collection focuses less on Moncler’s signature quilted, puffer coat and more on an expanded range of winter weather pieces that are streamlined and sleek with plenty of attitude. The outerwear boasts a cool factor so strong you won’t want to take it off once inside. Lucky for you, all those coats are balanced with a selection of sweatshirts and knitwear to wear underneath. Of course, some variation of the Moncler iconic patch makes a token appearance in nearly every design.
3. Public School x Tumi
It may only be six pieces, but the Public School x Tumi collection packs something sleek, practical, and stylish for every type of travel, beginning with the backpack that made its first debut on Public School’s fall 2015 runway. With two main compartments, a place for that laptop, two exterior zippered pockets, and tech storage, the bag maintains the functional, high-quality design that each brand celebrates. You can also journey in style with the Public School x Tumi travel satchel, tote, and travel kit, plus two rolling suitcases.
4. Adidas by Kolor
Hitting the gym never was so chill. Adidas has teamed up with Junichi Abe, the designer of Japanese street-fashion label Kolor, to add some cool-kid spark to its performance line this fall. Abe is known for his innovative styling and technical fabrics, so the fact that your next Adidas garment could be equipped with space-age-worthy, silver-mirrored fabric and neon-green accents should come as no surprise.
With power silhouettes that likewise include expansive hoods and high collars, this 21-piece capsule collection brings the drama club to athletic wear. And while the overall vibe is decidedly futuristic, the items are also totally functional and designed with Adidas’ Climachill, Climaheat, and Boost technologies. Layered shorts, jogger pants, anoraks, neoprene jackets, and jersey shirts plus two pairs of shoes are all in the mix and will have you channeling your inner urban astronaut in no time flat.
5. Reebok Classic x Maison Kitsuné
Inspired by baseball teams from the ’50s, Maison Kitsuné co-founder and creative director Masaya Kuroki envisioned nothing short of a nostalgic collaboration for Reebok Classic that celebrates the American pastime. The resulting capsule collection is charmed by the rah-rah spirit of the classic sports uniform. Among the eight retro-facing pieces are a varsity jacket, crewneck, T-shirt, sweatshirt, sneakers, shorts, and a cap, emblazoned with vintage lettering, baseball motifs, and Kitsuné’s signature fox logo that, naturally, dons a baseball cap for the occasion.
6. Ben Sherman x Alpha Industries
Layer up with this MA-1 flight jacket. Not only is it an icon of American military style, Alpha Industries’ collaboration with heritage brand Ben Sherman has put a sharp British influence on the signature flight nylon bomber through gingham lining and tab detailing on the ribbed hem and cuffs. The essential Alpha Industries zippered utility pocket and a leather zip pull are also presented and accounted for. Color variations include a sage green with replica blue tipping on the cuff and waistband and a replica blue with contrast grey tipping. But the version that will most have you flying high in style is the color-blocked blue and green one.
7. Sperry Cloud CVO Suede Chukka by YMC
Chukka boots may not be a part of your current style vocabulary, but they should be, what with their authentic heritage quality, versatile ruggedness, and unmatched comfort. Iconic footwear brand Sperry has heeded the call of the Chukka with a new version for fall, joining forces with directional British streetwear brand YMC (You Must Create). Sperry’s rich history makes these suede half-boots familiar, yet YMC’s urban zeal injects a fresh new energy into their design. With off-white, camel-brown, and black varieties, paired with that signature green Sperry undersole, you may just need to get one in every color.